The Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health Research offers pilot project grants to support new and innovative research in environmental health. These grants provide short-term investments to Center members. These funds can be used to collect preliminary research data, access Core facilities and services, and foster collaborative environmental health science. The program seeks to foster collaborative science, increase access to Core facilities and services, and promote relationships with stakeholders. The Center anticipates supporting at least 8 pilot projects each year. Proposal will be reviewed and the most meritorious proposals will be selected from each of the three pilot project award programs.
Application Due Date: October 1, 2020 or upon request for time sensitive applications
Eligibility: Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health Research Center Members. Click here to learn about becoming a member
The Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health Research seeks to stimulate environmental health science research that is aligned with the goals of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The pilot project funds can be used to facilitate the collection of preliminary data that can demonstrate proof of principle, feasibility of study concepts, and/or establish new stakeholder collaborations.
Award Budget: Each application can request up to $20,000 and an additional $5,000 to apply towards Core services. Awardees will receive priority service from the Cores and a 20% discount on Core fees and services. These funds are not designed to be used to pay faculty salaries or institutional overhead. Any request for salary must be clearly justified in the context of the pilot project.
Award Project Period: The maximum project period is 1 year.
Request For Proposals: There are three program announcements. Each program has different requirements. Please read the program requirements carefully to select the appropriate program for your application. If you are unsure which program award program you should apply to for your study, contact Dr Molly Kile. You may also apply for one of these awards on a time-sensitive opportunity.
All awards should:
- have a clear plan for future actions and funding that will build on the preliminary data to be collected.
- clearly articulate how the proposed study and future action(s) will advance discovery of how the environment affects human biology and health, and/or can inform prevention and intervention strategies that can improve the health of individuals, communities, and populations.
Budget Form: When you submit your application (Vanguard and Strategic Initiative Awards), you will need the budget form available here.
Pilot program priorities:
Applications that have a high potential to drive innovation and environmental health science research translation will be prioritized in the review process. Innovation is defined using the following prism: i) projects that display creative environmental health science problem solving through the adoption of interdisciplinary scientific thinking, ii) incorporating emerging technology, methods, or data, and/or iii) tackle emerging environmental health science issues. Since the Center highly values research translation, pilot projects will also be prioritized that articulate how their project fits within the NIEHS research translation framework and can ultimately influence changes in environmental exposures, population health, clinical practice, or economic advancements.
Expectations for awardees:
In addition to completing their pilot project studies, award recipients will be expected to:
- Undergo an on-boarding session that will explain their roles and responsibilities as an NIEHS P30 Center funded PI.
- Complete the Center’s Project Execution Plan and Discovery Index and/or Stakeholder Engagement Plan.
- Provide an oral interim progress report after 6 months
- Submit a 500 word progress report after 12 months that will be included in the Center’s formal NIEHS annual report
- Complete an annual electronic survey for 5 consecutive years to track outcomes from the pilot project